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Loucks R.H.,RH Loucks Oceanology Ltd. | Smith R.E.,RH Loucks Oceanology Ltd. | Fisher E.B.,NS Solar Material Co.
Marine Pollution Bulletin | Year: 2014

Interactions between open-net pen finfish aquaculture and lobster catches in a sheltered bay in Nova Scotia, Canada, were investigated using fishermen's participatory research in annual lobster trap surveys over seven years.Fishermen recorded lobster catches during the last two weeks of May from 2007 to 2013. Catches for each trap haul were recorded separately for ovigerous and market-sized lobsters. Catch trends within the bay were compared to regional trends. Results of correlation analyses indicated that ovigerous catch trends were strongly affected by the fish farm's feeding/fallow periods. There was no significant correlation between trends for bay and LFA lobster landings.Patterns of lobster catch per unit effort extending over considerable distance in Port Mouton Bay appear to be influenced by proximity to the fish farm regardless of year-to-year variation in water temperatures and weather conditions. Odours and habitat changes surrounding open-net pen finfish operations are potential factors affecting lobster displacement. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Loucks R.H.,RH Loucks Oceanology Ltd. | Smith R.E.,RH Loucks Oceanology Ltd. | Fisher C.V.,B0T 1T0 | Brian Fisher E.,B0T 1T0
Marine Pollution Bulletin | Year: 2012

Sediment and sea surface microlayer samples near an open-net salmon farm in Nova Scotia, were analysed for copper. Copper is a constituent of the feed and is an active ingredient of anti-foulants. The salmon farm was placed in fallow after 15. years of production. Sampling was pursued over 27. months. Elevated copper concentrations in the sediments indicated the farm site as a source. Bubble flotation due to gas-emitting sediments from eutrophication is a likely process for accumulating copper in the sea surface microlayer at enriched concentrations. Elevated and enriched concentrations in the sea surface microlayer over distance from the farm site led, as a result of wind-drift, to an enlarged farm footprint. The levels of copper in both sediments and sea surface microlayer exceeded guidelines for protection of marine life. Over the 27. months period, copper levels persisted in the sediments and decreased gradually in the sea surface microlayer. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. Source

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